Insomnia Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine

I don’t know about you, but when I’m not getting a good night’s sleep due to bouts of insomnia – it can really put a damper on my day physically, mentally, and emotionally. While the Fire element season is coming to a slowing down point – I’ve found through my work with the Five elements […]

How Trauma Impacts the Fire Element

The Fire element is unique as it has not two, but four organs associated with it. The Heart, being one of the Fire element’s organs, is referred to as the “Supreme Controller” in Chinese medicine, and is the Empress/Emperor presiding over the rest of the body, mind, and spirit. So, when the events of life […]

Anger, the Wood Element & Discovering Your Personal Bandwidth

Our Wood element is getting a run for its money this last year…from the Black Lives Matter movement to the most recent mass shootings, if you aren’t impacted – then we’ve got some work to do together. Me? I’m angry. I’m angry at the systems we have kept in place to perpetuate this kind of […]

Shadows of Caregiving: Compassion Fatigue & Burnout

Co-Written by Mark Reeves and Mindi Counts March 3rd is National Caregiver’s Day! And with caregiving comes its shadow: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout. Did you know: Mark, Inner Ocean’s manager, alongside his husband Nate, run a host home for adults with developmental disabilities? John, one of Inner Ocean’s acupuncturists worked for years inside a group […]

Risk and Resiliency Factors for Healing From Trauma & PTSD (Part Two)

Part Two: Risk and Resiliency Factors for PTSD Risk Factors While minorities are the most at-risk populations in the world, there are other risk factors that make someone more vulnerable to experiencing trauma. As you will see, the overarching theme of these risk factors is the lack of available internal and external resources. By “resources” […]

Anxiety Reducing Paleo Naan Breads

Clients often ask me, “What can I eat and drink to calm my nervous system and get rid of this awful anxiety?” And the answer is: proteins and fats. They are the key ingredients to an anxiety-free diet. They are stabilizing and nourishing. And they can be added to ANY meal to help calm the […]

Transforming Trauma

The experience of trauma is so common now that all you have to do is mention it in a circle of strangers, and you will then find yourself with several new comrades who share a similar understanding about the world. I believe the same is true for all of us who are working to heal […]